Club Structure and Philosophy
St Ives District Junior Cricket Club, Inc. is one of the largest junior cricket clubs on Sydney's North Shore, with around 600 members, 50 teams and an army of mums and dads helping out behind the scenes.
Most teams play on Saturday mornings, but Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning teams are available for some age groups.
The Club is affiliated with the North Shore Junior Cricket Association (NSJCA) and plays competing teams from the Upper North Shore through to Mosman.
The NSJCA in turn operates under the auspices of Cricket NSW, the body with overall responsibility for cricket in NSW.
Games are played under the MCC Laws of Cricket, 2000 Edition, as modified by each Association to suit the junior competition (local rules).
The local rules relate primarily to batting and bowling limitations or requirements, aimed at ensuring all players have a fair go. They are provided by NSJCA, and copies are provided on the website.
Our Club is run by parents of players, none of whom are paid for the many hours of work they contribute to the Club. Your help as a parent in running our Club is vital. We urge you to participate by volunteering to become a manager, coach, scorer, recorder or umpire, or by assisting our committee.
The Club’s philosophy mirrors that of the NSJCA, namely to provide a well organised competition that enables as many junior players as possible to enjoy the game of cricket, and for them to get the most out of their participation. Differential skills within the same team should not lessen the enjoyment and sense of achievement of any player, regardless of standard.
The emphasis is on:
o Playing in and being an integral part of a team
o Fair go for all players
o Improving cricket skills
o Learning the laws of cricket, and how to play within them
o Learning good sportsmanship and the principle of fair play
Whilst we obviously play with the aim of winning, we do not play to win at all costs. Remember - this is Junior Cricket, not the Ashes!
There will be times when decisions must be made in the interests of every player having a fair go that may be contrary to what otherwise would have been made to win a game. This principle is fundamental to the philosophy of the Club’s operation, and is evident in the reasoning behind many of the NSJCA’s local rules regarding batting and bowling. This ensures that everyone has a fair go.
It has been well demonstrated over the years that an approach of rotating batting and bowling responsibilities in a team, ensuring that each player gets an equal turn, strengthens the team overall, improves players’ confidence, and builds teamwork. Once players realise that everyone is going to get an equal turn, team spirit builds, and the stronger players will help encourage their less skilled teammates, improving the skill depth in the team.
Players and parents are required to always show restraint during matches. Unruly, insulting and abusive behaviour cannot be tolerated, and…the umpire is always right!
The History of SIJCC
In 1989 St Ives Junior Cricket Club consisted of 5 teams and a total membership of 63 players.
In 1990 Brev Johnson joined the Committee as Club Secretary. Brev became President in 1991. During 1991 the management structure of the Club was changed and the Constitution was overhauled. At this time Peter Gooden joined the Club together with Lousie Smith, whose son played in Under 10's. Phil Crawford also joined the Club via a very talented cricket playing son. This team of people joined forces to grow St Ives Junior Cricket Club into one of the largest Junior Cricket concerns in New South Wales.
Ross Turner, from New South Wales Cricket provided fantastic support to the Committee to enable them to achieve some incredible things at this time in the Club's development.
In broad terms, during the period from 1990 to 1993 the Club's membership grew from 63 to 400 plus. Continuing with the same formula, under the subsequent Presidency of Peter Gooden membership went on to exceed 600.
During the early 1990's, St Ives Junior Cricket Club, together with West Pennant Hills were among the first Clubs to introduce Kanga Cricket. Once Kanga was introduced, it took off overnight and continues to thrive today. The Club introduced professional coaching clinics for members with Adam Gilchrist being one of the Club's first Coaches. St Ives Junior Cricket Club introduced Saturday afternoon cricket for junior players and then Sunday cricket.
The early nineties also saw the Club working with and lobbying Council to arrange for new practice cricket nets to be constructed with support of NSW Cricket and Ku-ring-gai Council. In addition to this, the Committee commenced negotiating with Council and the NSW Government towards locating and building a Club House. The results of these volunteer efforts are the Club House located at Hassell Park.
St Ives Junior Cricket Club recognises the tremendous efforts of the people who first established the Club and the volunteers who built the Club in its earliest years of operation. The more formal structure put into place in the early 1990's continues today. St Ives Junior Cricket Club continues to thrive due to efforts of parent volunteers driven by a commitment to their children and a passion for the game.